HairLoss.com calls for boycott of Freestyle Music Park over TV ad

Posted Monday, July 27, 2009 11:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from a press release. -J]

HairLoss.com, the leading social network website dedicated to raising public awareness about hair loss issues is calling for officials at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, SC, to cease running a popular television ad promoting their Time Machine roller coaster or face a boycott.

"The officials at Freestyle Music Park should be ashamed and embarrassed for not only promoting this cheap, low-level and insulting ad, but then by defending it as 'fun'," said Michael Garcia, spokesman for HairLoss.com. "We should be past so-called 'funny ads' that are humorous at the expense of people who suffer from a physical disability."

The television ad shows the 150-foot-tall roller coaster moving so fast that a man loses his hairpiece. The owner of a hair replacement business in South Carolina, Dennis Murphy, first challenged the park's claim by riding the roller coaster without his very own hairpiece - or hair system - falling off. He then asked, "Why should you have to be harassed or made fun of because you want to do something" about your hair loss?

Read the entire press release on PR Web.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 11:43 AM

OK, so I get advocacy for issues surrounding disease, chemo, etc., but making a funny around male pattern baldness? Seriously? Don't most men just expect that as you get older, hair gets thinner on top and starts appearing everywhere else?

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Monday, July 27, 2009 12:02 PM

"people who suffer from a physical disability"

Seriously?

It's a pretty site, but doesn't seem to be much of a community (32 members, as far as I can tell). I smell a PR stunt.

Last edited by Gemini, Monday, July 27, 2009 12:05 PM
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Monday, July 27, 2009 12:05 PM

Now we're in the territory of "PETA vs the President" over Obama swatting a fly. Did the owners of FMP really suggest that "hairpieces/hair restoration isn't worth your time and money"? They were trying to suggest that their rides were super-fast...not condemning the hair restoration industry.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 1:10 PM

I'm bald and hair pieces themselves offend me.

If they ever perfect the back to head transplant I will be needing a comb again.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 1:59 PM

Being "follicularly challenged" myself, I find nothing offensive in poking a little fun at myself. The problem arises when people are overly sensitive about silly things, instead of having a sense of humor about themselves.

"We should be past so-called 'funny ads' that are humorous at the expense of people who suffer from a physical disability."

Wow, does that mean I can get a handicapped sticker for my car, so I can park up close along with the people who require wheelchairs? Maybe I can collect social security disability checks and not have to work because of my "disability."

wahoo skipper said:
If they ever perfect the back to head transplant I will be needing a comb again.

You should try doing what I do. Let the hair on your back grow really, really long, then do a comb over to cover your bald spot. :) See I can laugh at myself.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 2:46 PM

I wanna see the video.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 2:59 PM

^Here you go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kem0eKvGlAE

The hairpiece doesn't even completely fall off. :)

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Monday, July 27, 2009 3:10 PM

Actually, that's a pretty cool clip. What's so offensive about it? Maybe people with weak stomachs or dizzy spells should b**ch about it too.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 3:17 PM

I think these hair loss people are going off the deep end a bit. It's only an AD!!!!

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Monday, July 27, 2009 3:33 PM

I've seen that ad before... I thought he just had "rock-n-roll hair" after his ride. I didn't even realize it was a hair piece.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 4:40 PM

I just thought of something:

Shouldn't coasters he a "hair raising," thing, not a "hair shrinking" thing?

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Monday, July 27, 2009 4:53 PM

So can I start a group of men suffering from ED to boycott BGE due to the nude statue on a woman in their fountain? This sort of torment has to stop! LOL... I love things like this, makes me laugh more than the ad itstelf.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 5:03 PM

I hear that Six Flags has a new policy requiring all hair pieces be placed in lockers before boarding the rides. You can never be too careful....

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Monday, July 27, 2009 5:18 PM

sws said:
I hear that Six Flags has a new policy requiring all hair pieces be placed in lockers before boarding the rides. You can never be too careful....

And you can't leave them in your pockets at HW. ;)

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Monday, July 27, 2009 5:30 PM

Is that a hair piece in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Can't believe Moosh didn't jump on that one.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 5:47 PM

All we are saying is give hair piece a chance...

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Monday, July 27, 2009 6:44 PM

Gee, let's collect all the toppe's, hair weaves, and wigs, and make a giant HAIRBALL to chuck all the people who think the ad (and Moosh) aren't funny.

On second thought, let's just just thow it at Moosh ans save the trouble.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 7:12 PM

This seems a little fishy. It's just silly enough to be something the park made up to promote the park. After all, all publicity is good publicity.

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Monday, July 27, 2009 7:15 PM

I'm secure enough with my male patterned baldness to know that this coaster sucks, even without the ad.

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